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Acura RL, Sedan
Sep 08, 2003 (7:46 pm)
Have a 2000 RL and started to get a musty odor with AC on with vent set at fresh air. Changed the cabin air filters and that took care of it. I replaced them after about 3 years and 30k miles. Will probably cut that in half next time. Bought Fram filters ($35 for the pair compared to $85 from Acura). The Frams look a little different, but have worked very well. Not to hard to change, just takes some time and some patience to reinstall glove box damper/spring. Leaving the vents on recirculate can cause the cabin to fog up and will give you stale air after a while. I would have the cabin air filters changed and leave the air on outside.
Sep 12, 2003 (2:00 pm)
A 5000 mile 00 RL being sold by an Acura dealer and they have not certified it ?? Something does not smell right here. JMHO.
Get it checked by a local body shop for any frame damage through an accident.
PS: Acura dealers are not authorised to sell a vehicle as an Acura certified vehicle, if it has been involved in an accident.
#1334 of 7386 98 RL Special Edition Buying Advice
Oct 25, 2003 (5:08 pm)
First of all let me say this is an excellent message board for RL owners. I read through most of the posts last night and learned a lot about RLs and I want to purchase one.
I am looking for advise about buying a '98 RL SE. The car is pearl white and gray. The car I am looking at has 32k miles on it, it is with the original owner, never wrecked and clean CARFAX report, he has all the service records, and is in showroom condition. He is asking $19,500. Is this a good deal? How many white SEs did they make? Is there any significant difference in the '99 up models? Should I be concerned about buying one not from the Acura certified program?
Any help is appreciated.
Oct 25, 2003 (5:41 pm)
The RL is an excellent choice, so long as you're not looking for "sport" or interest in your drive, jdengineer. I've really enjoyed my '02.
A couple of suggestions to help you make your mind: Search out the TMV for your model/miles here at Edmund's. ON a car like the RL, Edmund's does a very good job of approximating wholesale/retail/private value of a car for your zip area.
Second: Invest a couple of bucks at your local Acura dealer for a complete PPI, a stem to stern exam of everything by a competent Acura mechanic. In a car with 5000 mi/yr. you may have a creampuff, or you could have a car that has dried seals and neglected maintenance -- the Acura mechanic can tell you.
Third, an Acura is one of the few cars I would be perfectly happy driving without an extended warranty. If you're especially cautious, perhaps you can get one through AAA -- expensive but reliable.
Hope this helps. JW
Oct 26, 2003 (12:55 pm)
Thanks for the advice JW. I have about talked myself out of buying an RL since I am really looking for something fun. After 10 years of ownership, my '93 Accord EX is still an awesome car with 205k miles (and I will keep it for my daily driver), but I've had it ten years and want something to play around with. My '00 Chevy K3500 pickup is more fun to drive than an RL (not nearly as refined, but more fun).
I have driven several '00 RLs in the past few days and agree that these cars score a ZERO for sport/fun factor. I drove my sister's '03 Accord EXV6 again today (she's had it just over a year now) and although I'm not crazy about the looks, it's much more fun, much faster, and it almost equals the RL in interior amenities/luxury.
Also, I am 6'2" and my hair rubs against the headliner in the RL (I did not exect this since the Accords are smaller and have ample headroom). I may try to find a '95 Legend to play around with since these cars have a more sporty look and feel (and more headroom from what I can remember).
#1337 of 7386 jdengineer, 95 Legend
Oct 27, 2003 (6:11 am)
I am 6'3" and had no trouble fitting in my '95 Legend LS Coupe. (great car btw)
Nov 04, 2003 (6:43 am)
My wife drives a 98 SA. It has 65,000 miles. She gets an ABS yelow light ON time to time. It comes & stays for some time. The next time you start the car & the light is gone. The brakes look OK but I am not sure about ABS.
Anyone had the same problem?
#1340 of 7386 This is worth a service visit
Nov 04, 2003 (7:47 am)
ABS lights which recur indicate a problem and that system is not one which I'd like to experiment with given traffic, weather, and road conditions. Of course it could be just a faulty sensor or light .... "just"? JW
Btw, what's an "SA"?
Nov 04, 2003 (10:59 am)
Has the brake fluid been flushed and refilled as recommended? That is important with RL's. If not start with that and having your service provider clean the abs sensors on each wheel. That is the least costly place to start and solves most light indicators with a low mileage car like yours.